Every student that has ever taken the Artist Development class I teach at Liberty University knows about “pithy quotes.” It’s a corner of the white board where I keep a running section of random quotes that are said in the class. Sometimes it’s something I said and often it’s something from one of the students.
To be pithy, the quote has to be memorable and “sticky.” It has to say something that prompts a reaction – agreement or disagreement – but most of all just makes you think. I got the idea one time of calling them that because something had been said one day in class to which a student replied, “Ooh, that’s pithy.”
Recently in a conversation with a worship pastor, several “pithy” quotes came out. So, in no particular order, let me write these on the “white board” today for all of our consideration.
- “You can’t lead who you wish was there. Your responsibility as a worship leader is to lead who is.“
- “Millennials have one value above all — authenticity. Churches that change their music to attract them often repel them if what they are doing is not truly who they are.”
- “Younger adults value real relationships. Instead of attempting to placate them with what you think is their musical preference, build relationships with them and involve them in the worship. That will attract them and keep them much better and more effectively than changing your music ever could.”
- “Churches do well to value engagement over stylistic execution. A singing and worshipping congregation is much more attractive to visitors than a highly produced music set for a congregation that sits and watches the worship every Sunday.”
- “It takes a really good worship leader to beat not having one.”
- “Older generations are much more hung up on age differences than younger ones are. Younger adults love to develop relationships with people who care and speak into their lives — but not so much with people who treat them they are like a market segment to pursue.”
- “Artists perform their art on stages – Shepherds take care of the flock. Which one are you?”
Okay – react. Agree? Disagree? Do you have one to add? There’s a lot more room on the “white board.”
I’d love to hear your pithy quotes.
Mike Harland is the Director of Lifeway Worship. When he’s not directing 30+ employees, you’ll find him leading worship at various churches around the country, writing/arranging worship songs and/or, writing his next book. In his spare time, he loves playing basketball and spending time with his family. Mike can be found on Twitter @MikeHarlandLW and on facebook.com/Mike.Harland.37.